This one and a half day event provides a full-day educational session, a business meeting and the opportunity to network with the West’s natural gas and electric utility executive community. The agenda is developed by the WEI President and Board Chair to deliver provocative discussions and identifies strategic drivers that influence energy utilities in Western North America and is driven by the yearly theme. Each year the Board of Directors convene twice, once in January/February, and the second coincides with the WEI Annual Meeting to evaluate WEI as a whole. At this meeting, the Board of Directors convene a business session to evaluate WEI’s accomplishments and determine the direction of the association.
This meeting is invitation only. Current WEI Board of Directors are welcome to attend free of charge along with a personal guest, (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry).
Attendee (Special Invite): $599 USD
This includes Platinum representatives who would like to attend the full agenda on Monday. Registration includes materials, hosted reception and dinner on Sunday, and breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner on Monday.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Executive Committee - Business Session
Committee members only
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Welcome Reception + Dinner
Sponsored by Burns & McDonnell
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
From Data to Decisions: New Technology in Natural Gas Utilities
Moderator(s): Annette Gardiner, Vice President of Gas Strategic Development, Itron, Inc.
Panelist(s): Nathan Carter, Vice President, Edmonton Region Operations, ATCO Gas, Vaughn Shosted, Vice President of Operations, Dominion Energy, Ron Snedic, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Gas Technology Institute
This panel will discuss how layers of data from the plethora of devices and sensors help natural gas transmission and distribution companies excel. Hear how companies are improving asset and outage management through predictive analysis, situational awareness, and artificial intelligence. We will explore how big data from the latest sensor technology is being used most effectively now, and how our panelists plan to use predictive analytics and machine learning in the future.
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Connected Utility
Moderator(s): Hugo van Nispen, CEO, BRIDGE Energy Group
Panelist(s): David Lebeter, Vice President, Field & Grid Operations, BC Hydro, Pat Hogan, Senior Vice President of Electric Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Marc Ulrich, VP of Customer Programs and Services, Southern California Edison, Frank Almaraz, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations, CPS Energy
“The connected utility” has a clear and strategic interface between operations and customer service to improve customer satisfaction and overall performance. Our panelists will discuss how their companies have successfully synchronized operations work with their customers’ experiences and expectations. We will focus on what steps should be taken from data acquisition to analytics to maximize system performance.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Challenges and Opportunities for Natural Gas in California
Moderator(s): Deborah Affonsa, Vice President, Customer Service, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Panelist(s): Arne Olson, Partner, E3, Ronald Nichols, President, Southern California Edison, Bret Lane, President and Chief Operating Officer, Southern California Gas Company
This panel will discuss new strict regulations (GO 112F), the future of natural gas given the legislative and political environment moves toward 100% renewable, and opportunities for natural gas. Panelists will also discuss what their companies are doing around clean transportation, electrification and compressed natural gas.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Operationalizing Risk Management to Strengthen your Business Position
Moderator(s): Grant Davies, Partner, Accenture Inc
Panelist(s): Diana Day, VP, Enterprise Risk Management & Compliance, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Janaize Markland, Director, Enterprise Risk Management, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Ram Sastry, Vice President - Infrastructure & Business Continuity, AEP
Utilities have always managed risks to maintain a successful business model. In the wake of significant and high-profile incidents, regulators across North America are asking questions about the safety of utility energy delivery systems (both electrical and gas). This is leading to new risk management regulatory policies, practices, and requirements. This constantly evolving environment presents a variety of challenges that can stand in the way of providing safe, reliable, and affordable services to customers. For utility leadership, the question is how to go beyond regulatory requirements to operationalize risk management and strengthen their business position.
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Board of Directors - Business Session
Board members only
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Board Reception + Dinner
Please contact the hotel directly at (855) 556-3478 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $269/night. This rate is guaranteed until January 5, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.